Terza Rima #1-a – Heat Wave

no cool breezes today to temper the heat
waves rising from pavement, hot, smelling of oil
with hints of green, wilting, birds fluttering, tweet


This month we’re doing a Terza Rima stanza a day for our poem a day challenge. A Terza Rima is a three-line stanza using chain rhyme in the pattern a-b-a, b-c-b, c-d-c, d-e-d. There is no limit to the number of lines, but poems or sections of poems written in terza rima end with either a single line or couplet repeating the rhyme of the middle line of the final tercet. The two possible endings for the example above are d-e-d, e or d-e-d, e-e. Some descriptions suggest a syllable count of 11 per line in an iambic meter. I’m going to try that. Thanks to Jane Dougherty for her encouragement to write a short poem a day!

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